Ben Anderson is the Director of Health Policy at the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY). Mr. Anderson oversees CDF-NY’s health policy portfolio which includes health coverage, improving access to health care, improving the quality of health care and services for children, and eliminating disparate health outcomes for all New York children. Prior to joining CDF-NY, he worked in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Anderson began his career as a health care attorney, focusing primarily on Medicaid reimbursement and complex rate-setting matters. He represented health care providers, managed care plans and third-party administrators, and a state Medicaid agency. While practicing law, he successfully negotiated the resolution of a multi-million dollar rate-setting dispute on behalf of a statewide developmental disability service provider. His experience includes spending two years at First Five Nebraska, where his work focused on early childhood mental health care and developmental screening, in addition to education policy. Mr. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University and a law degree from Boston University.
Kristen Barnes is the Youth Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator at the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY). Prior to joining CDF-NY, Ms. Barnes worked in development and funding to increase support of multicultural student organizations at the George Washington University, where she served as the NAACP President while a student. Ms. Barnes holds a B.A. in Political Science and English from the George Washington University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Politics & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jamila Baucom is the Director of Development at Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY) where she helps oversee all fundraising activities for the office. Prior to joining CDF-NY she was the Senior Director of Development at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey. Ms. Baucom has over 15 years of fundraising experience, engaging in grant writing; individual donor cultivation and stewardship; capital campaigns, database management, and fundraising events to achieve revenue growth. Ms. Baucom has previously held positions at United Way of New York City, Inwood House (now Inwood House at The Children’s Village), and the Legal Aid Society among other organizations. Ms. Baucom holds a BA from the University of Rochester and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from New York University – Wagner School of Public Service.
Kimberley Chin is the Deputy Director at the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY). Ms. Chin was most recently the Director of Public/Private Partnerships at the NYC Administration for Children's Services (ACS) where she strengthened partnerships and leveraged funding for New York City's children. Before joining ACS, Ms. Chin was an Atlantic Philanthropies Senior Visiting Fellow at Fordham Law School's Feerick Center for Social Justice focused on economic justice and equity issues. While at Atlantic Philanthropies, Ms. Chin served as the Programme Executive focused on children's health ensuring that children gained access to health insurance coverage. Prior to joining the Atlantic Philanthropies, Ms. Chin was the founding director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). Before founding Maryland Hunger Solutions, Ms. Chin held several positions at the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), both nationally and in the New York office — including coordinating immigration, children's health and tax benefits projects. Previously, Ms. Chin worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C. on issues related to children's health insurance access and income supports for families and was an attorney in the HIV/AIDS unit at South Brooklyn Legal Services in New York City. Ms. Chin received her MPA from New York University and her law degree from Fordham University in New York City.
Korla Collins is the Beat the Odds Coordinator at the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY). Prior to joining CDF-NY, Ms. Collins served as a Site Coordinator at Lincoln Families Freedom Schools program site in Oakland and at the Success in Challenges Afterschool Program in Long Beach. Ms. Collins has a long history of supporting youth, serving as a Program Leader at Long Beach Boys and Girls Club, as a Resident Advisor at Long Beach Job Corps, and a Program Specialist at the YWCA in Los Angeles. Ms. Collins is not new to CDF, having previously served as a Servant Leader Intern, Site Coordinator and eventually as an Ella Baker Trainer for the CDF Freedom Schools® program. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from California State University Dominguez Hills.
Charlotte Pope is the Youth Justice Policy Associate at the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY), where she previously worked as a Policy Research Consultant. Before joining CDF-NY, Ms. Pope conducted education research with the Penn Child Research Center and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, and served as a journalist for the Philadelphia public education newspaper, the Notebook, where she largely covered activist efforts to resist the mass school closings of 2013. She has interned with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Project NIA, and the Dignity in Schools Campaign - New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and is an EdM candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Naomi Post is the Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY). Before joining CDF-NY, Ms. Post was the Head of Community Based Programmes at The Atlantic Philanthropies. During her tenure at Atlantic, she focused on school reform, advancing community schools and school based health centers in diverse jurisdictions across the country and a high school reform effort which created health and technology career pathways in CA. For more than a decade before joining Atlantic, Ms. Post led a consulting business providing strategic planning services and project management for a variety of national and local foundations. She has nearly 30 years of professional experience working in diverse settings, and has held executive level positions in both government and community based organizations, including Managing Attorney, East Central Legal Services, Deputy Chief, Philadelphia Juvenile Probation, Executive Director, Support Center for Child Advocates, and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Safe and Sound. Ms. Post holds a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Binghamton and a law degree from Cornell University Law School.
Elizabeth Powers is the Director of Youth Justice at the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY) where she oversees the youth justice and education justice policy portfolios. Prior to CDF-NY, she worked at The Legal Aid Society as a forensic social worker alongside attorneys representing children in New York City’s Family Court in both Brooklyn and the Bronx. As part of Legal Aid’s Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit she contributed to class action law suits on behalf of children in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice systems. Ms. Powers earned her Master’s in Social Work degree from Fordham University in 2008, specializing in research. She completed her Master’s thesis as an intern for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, analyzing a pilot mental health treatment modality for inmates held in punitive segregation at Rikers Island. She previously instructed a course on Forensic Social Work Practice at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service and currently serves as a Faculty Instructor at City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, a non-profit dedicated to increasing access to literacy resources for detained youth.